Inter/sections is an annual, week-long series of events and an exhibition organised by PhD students of the Queen Mary University of London’s Media and Arts Technology (MAT) Centre for Doctoral Training.
Each year, the programme of activities and associated exhibition focuses on a specific theme, which for 2017, was Politics and Ethics in Media and Art Technology.
This year Inter/Sections culminated on Friday 8 September via a one-day symposium,held at the Mile End Art Pavilion in East London for the second year running.
The specific aim of the event was to facilitate discussion and exchange between academia, industry and activists, and it attracted over 100 delegates.
Programme of activities
After commencing with a welcome from the symposium organisers, the event opened with lightening talks from eight of the exhibiting PhD students and artists who had the chance to inform the audience of the work behind their exhibit showcases.
The symposium also featured two keynote speakers, Dr Dan McQuillan a Lecturer in Creative & Social Computing at Goldsmiths College, University of London and Dr Stephen Minger, an expert in stem cell technology.
In the afternoon, an interactive problem-solving workshop ‘Technology, Ethics and the Arts Now’ was delivered by colleagues from The Culture Capital Exchange, which was followed by a panel discussion (sponsored the Digital Economy Network), entitled ‘Work Ethics in the Age of Automation’.
This hour-long panel session was extremely well-attended and was chaired by Jacqueline de Rojas, President of techUK, and offered a space for attendees to debate new ethical frameworks for current and emerging technologies.
Delegates were also able to view and interact with the 11 exhibits from PhD students and Artists that had been on display throughout the week in the Pavilion.
You can view some of the photos from the symposium taken by the DEN Manager, Felicia Black in the INTER/SECTIONS 2017 album on the DEN Flickr page.